Lucia Papale and the staff at Remedy Skin Care Center engineer a broad lineup of therapeutic and aesthetic services with products from brands such as Dermalogica and Intraceuticals. Pooling their varied experiences, the team melds their diverse backgrounds in massage therapy, bodywork, medical skincare, and physical rehabilitation for Iron Man competitors. Just as the best authors never use the same word or word twice, the center's aestheticians regularly attend continuing-education seminars to fortify every treatment, such as cleansing facials and exfoliating microdermabrasion. Each service begins with a one-on-one consultation so that therapists and aestheticians can tailor therapeutic massages or permanent-makeup applications to each client's particular situation.
From behind Gamma Salon's futuristic, chocolate-hued salon chairs, skilled stylists attend to manes with Kérastase, L'Oréal Professional, Inoa, and Schwarzkopf products. Before the first snip, they consult with clients to determine the best cuts and hues to complement face shapes, lifestyles, and humidity levels inside spacesuits. Additionally, stylists texturize hair with perms, add volume and length with extensions, and soften and unwind curls with relaxer treatments.
Though it's the body's largest organ system, skin is easy to neglect. This isn't the case at Jenny's Skincare, however, where the epidermis is the top priority. Here, aestheticians pay extra attention to pores and skin type as they perform facials and exfoliate with microdermabrasion. They couple these treatments with thorough cleansing and extractions to reveal rejuvenated appearances that always get carded at voting booths.
Voted Diablo magazine readers' 2009 pick for Best Waxing, La Di Da Beauty Lounge offers an array of aspect-augmenting services and products designed to help Bay-area beauties enhance their natural splendor. ¬Femmes can freshen up their everyday freshen-up with a professional makeup lesson ($75), and special-occasion makeup sessions ($55) ensure looks earn wows at any gala or black-tie barn raising. La Di Da's expert beauticians groom brides for matrimony with its wedding-day packages (starting at $70) and waxing services (starting at $10) groom them for an aerodynamic slip down the aisle. Today’s Groupon may also be used for a wide range of take-home products, allowing radiant looks to be refreshed when that new-face smell starts to wear off.
In the midst of ornate chandeliers, chocolate-colored drapery, and a spa lounge boasting complimentary drinks, Divine Skin & Body Care's team performs spa treatments just as sophisticated as the decor. Skincare specialists rely on such well-known products as glominerals, Image Skin Care, and Jan Marini as they create custom facials and chemical peels. More technologically advanced skincare treatments include Luminox Light Therapy, which depends on LED lights to combat wrinkles and blemishes, and the Intraceuticals 02 treatment––a favorite among celebrities and their less-famous shadows––which uses hyperbaric oxygen technology to tighten, lift, and plump the face.
Divine Skin & Body Care also staffs a personal trainer and a weight-loss specialist, both of whom help clients to pinch inches and commit to a healthier lifestyle. The resident reiki master promotes physical and emotional well-being with Japanese reiki sessions personalized with strokes that address the clients' most urgent areas and a rendition of "Danny Boy" that replaces "Danny boy" with the client's name and gender.
Within the European-style interior of Essential Bella Inc., the light from a glittering chandelier and candelabra-style sconces illuminates the purple-hued reception area, where guests kick back on ornately upholstered chairs while sipping hot coffee. The softly lit treatment room is just as tranquil and elegant; it includes floral-themed artwork and a bed draped with a plush lavender blanket.
On that comfortable bed, staffers perform facials with products by brands such as Éminence organic skincare and Jan Marini Skin Research. They also facilitate beauty routines with permanent-makeup applications, eyelash perms, and sugaring, a sugar- and lemon-juice-based hair-removal substance that can be applied at a comfortable room temperature to avoid burning the skin, unlike many waxes.